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Designed for use in shipbuilding, offshore, construction or pipe welding operations, the Activ8™ portable wire feeder from Lincoln Electric offers a modular design that is small enough to fit through ship manways and light enough to carry around the site.

The portable wire feeder is capable of feeding self-shielded FCAW or FCAW-G and GMAW (MIG) gas-shielded wires at 50-800 ipm (1.3 – 20.3 m/min). It will handle GMAW wires .023 - .052 in. (0.6 – 1.3 mm) in diameter and FCAW wires of .035 – 5/64 in. (0.9 – 2.0 mm) in diameter. The Activ8 is rated at 330 amps at 60% duty cycle and weighs in at only 27 lb. (12.2 kg).

Key features of Activ8 include:

  • Designed specifically for 8 in. (200 mm) spools
  • Compatible with any DC CV and/or CC power source
  • Simple controls include front WFS knob and internal booted Cold Feed and/ Gas Purges, Trigger Interlock and CV/CC switches
  • Across-the-arc operation (voltage sensing) uses a sense lead and contactor to enable weld current
  • Standard shielding gas apparatus can be used for FCAW-G and GMAW processes
  • Tough plastic case, molded from high-impact, flame-retardant material, is durable and lightweight enough to  withstand repeated drop testing

At the heart of the Activ8wire feeder is the Maxtrac Drive System, which features:

  • Dual gear-driven drive system to ensure positive feeding performance
  • Patented wire drive with  tool-less drive roller and wire guide changes for quick spool replacement
  • Tachometer-controlled motor to power drive rolls for smooth, steady feeding without wire slippage

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